Documentary on Coal Mining Premiering at WV Film Festival

The documentary film "On Coal River" will premiere in West Virginia later this month at the Appalachian Film Festival.

The movie features longtime southern West Virginia activists Ed Wiley, Bo Webb and the late Judy Bonds as they battle Virginia-based coal giant Massey Energy Co.

It was shot over five years and chronicles the fight over coal dust exposure at Marsh Fork Elementary School, among other things.

The screening is set for February 26 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington. It follows screenings at other film festivals around the nation.

Directors Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, of Asheville, North Carolina, say they hope to focus public attention on coal mining issues and inspire others to local activism.

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